Lemon Almond Cookies

Full of lemon flavor, you can't go wrong with these gluten free lemon almond cookies. They're so fresh and bright!
A stack of lemon almond cookies.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I love cookies. Love is probably an understatement. I especially love decorated sugar cookies. Because of that, I tend to let other types of cookies fall by the wayside. Once in awhile though, I come to my senses and bake a batch of cookies.

Not the kind I have to decorate. But the kinds that spread all over the pan and rise and transform into a gooey delight. Chocolate chip, peanut butter, double chocolate, and lemon. Ohhh lemon. You know I have strong feelings for anything lemon.. especially in the summer.

So fresh, so clean. So fresh and so clean clean (Outkast anyone? Am I alone on that one? Awkward.)

A stack of lemon almond cookies on a wood table. I’ll stop going on tangents and get to the point. These lemon almond cookies are PHENOMENAL. I do not use that word loosely. Lemon and almond are my two favorite flavors so you really cannot go wrong. My aunt brought them to a picnic and she said they were fabulous. Perfect picnic cookies I tell you.

There’s no chocolate to melt in the sun! Speaking of chocolate, my mom tried to put M&M’s on these. She’s relentless with trying to put chocolate on all of my desserts.

I had to remind her that they weren’t for her but that didn’t stop her from putting M&M’s on her cookie. She gave me a bite and I won’t lie, it was pretty good still. I still prefer the original version though. The random tangents have ended so go make yourselves some of these cookies!

Gluten Free Lemon Almond Cookies

Full of lemon flavor, you can't go wrong with these gluten free lemon almond cookies. They're so fresh and bright!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Megan


  • 2 3/4 cups gluten free flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (from 2 large lemons)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 large leons)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl, combine lemon zest and sugar.
  • Use your hands to work the lemon zest into the sugar until the sugar is moist and the zest is well combined throughout.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix butter just until its smooth.
  • Add the lemon zest/sugar mixture and cream with butter.
  • Mix in the egg, almond extract and lemon juice.
  • Slowly mix in the flour mixture and beat until the white streaks of flour have disappeared. Put dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill or until ready to use.
  • In a shallow bowl, add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and the zest of one lemon. Mix with hands until they are combined.
  • Remove batter from refrigerator and roll into one tablespoon balls.
  • Roll balls into the sugar mixture and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave about 2 inches in between each ball because the cookies will spread a lot.
  • Bake at 350F for 7 to 9 minutes, or until the edges of the cookie are browned.
  • Leave on the pan for 5 minutes to cool and then finish cooling on a wire rack.


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. Allison's Delicious Life says:

    Yay! If these taste half as good as your sugar cookies, they will be winners! Almond and lemon are two of my fave flavors, as well.

  2. Have you tried freezing these? I am looking for freezer-friendly cookies like the pistachio cranberry ones you posted. When cookie cravings strike—cravings for any dessert really—it’s nice to have something there! I got this special container for freezing cookies. You spread the dough in and it portions it out when you put the cover, so you just pull however many cookies you want to bake at one time.

    1. Hi Karen, It’s been years since I’ve made these cookies (I haven’t even converted them to gluten-free yet.. yikes!) so I can’t say for sure. But lemon is one of my favorite things ever so I will put this on my radar to make a version of these in the next week or so and test them for freezing. Typically with doughs similar to this, they should freeze just fine and you can bake from frozen. You just may need to add a few extra minutes to the bake time. That container you purchased sounds really cool! I may need to get myself one of those!